More about Stefanie Batten Bland, SBB Dance Co. & “Patient(ce)”

Provoca­tive, prodi­gal dar­ling of the dance world, Ste­fanie Bat­ten Bland began her career in New York City, crossed the Atlantic and took roots in Europe for more than a decade, and then returned to Man­hat­tan to lead her troupe, SBB Com­pa­ny, to dizzy­ing heights of inven­tive­ness. Since found­ing the ensem­ble in 2008 in France, the com­pa­ny has received wide­spread praise; Bat­ten Bland’s dar­ing direc­tion is at once fear­less yet sub­tle, sav­age­ly bold and remark­ably nuanced. Back in NYC since 2011, SBB pro­duc­tions fea­ture orig­i­nal art, music and bespoke move­ments informed by the var­i­ous venues the dancers inhab­it. The New York Times praised SBB Co. for their “full bod­ied move­ment… if the Matrix fran­chise had a dance com­pa­ny this would be it.” With too many esteemed awards to list, SBB is rec­og­nized as an emi­nent stand­out in the heart-pound­ing field of intre­pid dance.

Patient(ce) is an evening-length, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work is inspired by father daugh­ter con­ver­sa­tions between Ste­fanie Bat­ten Bland and con­tro­ver­sial com­pos­er and film mak­er Ed Bland.  This cre­ation exam­ines the struc­ture of jazz with its for­mal empha­sis on the eter­nal present.  Through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with futur­is­tic jazz ensem­ble Burnt Sug­ar the Arkestra Cham­ber and visu­al instal­la­tion by Ms. Bat­ten Bland and Alar­ic Hahn, PATIENT(CE) will exam­ine the crit­i­cal rela­tion­ship that the musi­cal, phys­i­cal and visu­al arts have with space and time :

Please note that on Thurs­day, August 10th there will also be a 7pm dance work­shop with Calvin Wiley Dance.